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Praise For Adam Erne's Game

10/30/2022 at 4:07pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There was no automatic belief that Adam Erne was going to be a regular in the Red Wings lineup heading into this season.

On paper, there were a lot more forwards than roster spots. Though Erne appeared likely of getting a spot on the roster, it might have been as an extra forward, getting into the lineup sparingly.

But there was Erne on Saturday, all the way on the Wings' top line with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond. And maybe that wasn't a shock, either.

Given Erne's doggedness on the ice, his team-first attitude and ability to play on any line, he has more than found a spot in the lineup.

"He had a real good camp and he played great early on, physical throughout," coach Derek Lalonde said. "Sometimes with the way we are with our lineup, with Ras (Michael Rasmussen) and Sunny (Oskar Sundqvist) out, we don't have many heavy bodies.

"He gives us a heavy game."



Happily surprised at what Erne has contributed this year with his grit and toughness and work in the corners. Hronek (who I have been down on) impressed me with his hits and positional play vs Minny last night. Best game I have seen Hronek play in many moons. Copp? Is Copp a flop? So far, invisible, just like he was in the Ranger lineup in the playoffs, only this time, he can't seem to find the net.


I didn’t see a ton of Copp with the Rangers but thought he was considered enough of a success both team and player were seriously considering a new deal. 

It’s hard too know how much missing camp and preseason hurt him as a guy coming off surgery and joining a new team. It’s hard to know how much the affects of the injury and surgery or maybe the inability to do certain things while healing have had a lingering effect.

Copp has never been a superstar. More a 40-50pt second liner who is versatile. 
Maybe it will take a bit for him to find the right chemistry and fit. It’s still really early. 


There was a lot of chatter around these parts about just waiving Adam Erne, look at him now. 

Copp signing was the only FA Yzerman pick up I absolutely did not agree with, redundant 3rd line center on a playoff team, 2nd line here, we have those, more coming, and Yzerman gave him term, unlike all of the others sans Chiarot

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